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MIASMA AND THE CAROUSEL OF HEADLESS HORSES

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Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses are a London based instrumental 5 piece band who have been around for about 3 years at the time of writing. The band coalesced around Daniel O'Sullivan, who asked Dave Smith of Guapo to join as drummer. This he did, and at the same time O'Sullivan joined Guapo on keyboards. Since then Guapo's original bassist has left to be replaced by Miasma's Dave Ledden, further strengthening the bond between the two bands. In addition to Guapo the members play in other bands, including Alabama 3, Amal Gamal Ensemble, Knuckles and all manner of other collaborations. Acoustic instruments are prominent and there is an obvious East European folk influence, with some of the feel of Goblin's soundtrack work.

They have released one album so far, Perils, and have also collaborated in a theatrical production with the Horse Hospital.

Although they are listed under RIO/Avant prog, they could also be recommended to fans of progressive folk or anybody with a taste for the bizarre and slightly sinister.


See also:
- Guapo




Discography:
Perils (Studio Album) 2005

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Perils
2005

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Manfauna
2007

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Manfauna
Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Review originally posted at www.therocktologist.com

This is an EP released in 2007 from this cool avant-garde band from England which so far have only one studio album, which I have to say, I've not listened yet. Anyway, they are an instrumental quintet whose music belongs to the dark, RIO side of progressive rock with some Zeuhl touches.

"Manfauna" is the name of this EP that features only three songs, and make together a total time of 21 minutes.

It opens with "Manticore" which happens to be the longest composition reaching almost ten minutes. The names of Thinking Plague or Guapo came to my mind immediately due to the dark nuances, the wonderful use of violin and that delicate and essential piano sound. I love how this song is progressing, how it offers different passages that create a dark atmosphere, an ambient of tension and nervousness. The bass produces powerful lines while drums are always in a heavy manner. The reminiscence of King Crimson is also undeniable, most evident with the violin that reminds me of the Larks Tongues? era. What a great opener track!

"Taus" starts softly with a dark organ, later new elements are being added little by little, the atmosphere is dark and sinister, a bass sounds and puts a dramatic touch, while drums and synth produce more nuances and textures. These five minutes could perfectly work for a terror film scene. And the EP finishes with "Garp Gadriel" which starts with a piano that later is joined by a wonderful violin. I love how they manage to create a beautiful but tense sound at the same time. Here the music has a more classical tendency at least in the first two minutes; later it changes, becomes powerful with the introduction of bass and drums, and now the sound is closer to zeuhl and progressive rock. This is an amazing track!

I am happy with this EP, and now I am eager to listen to their full-length album, which I believe is as good (or better) as this.

Enjoy it!

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Perils
Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by sean
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4 stars I found this band completely randomly, and decided to give them a listen based on the name. The name does befit this band. They play a darkly quirky sort of avant garde folk rock. The music sounds like they are trying to scare the listener, but all the while have a smile in the corners of their mouths. The songs are short by prog standards, with the longest topping around seven minutes, but this band doesn't necessarily require long, elaborate songs, and within the shorter timeframe they choose, they develop their ideas nicely. The album flows nicely as well, with each song forming a segway into the next, and is an album I would just listen to all the way through. Acoustic instruments abound here, and violin, glockenspiel, harmonium, and piano are added to the normal rock lineup of guitar, bass, and drums. The album is also completely instrumental. None of the tracks are weak, however, as much as I'd like to, I don't think I could call it a complete masterpiece, so I'm going to have to give it four stars. I'd recommend this album to any adventurous listener or fan or avant garde or progressive folk. The music is adventurous and avant garde, but not completely chaotic like a lot of avant prog, making it one of the more accessible releases for the genre that I've heard.

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Manfauna
Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Finnforest
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4 stars City boy takes a vacation to the country way out in the middle of nowhere. He decides to take a walk alone after dark to get some air and think. The moon is bright with an occasional wind blowing. He walks a bit too far lost in thought before realizing he can no longer recognize the surroundings noticed earlier in the day. He stops and turns around but can't see off the road anymore because the moon has been covered by clouds and some fog has kicked up. Some strange noises make the skin crawl. If you can imagine the feelings in such a moment you might have an idea what kind of experience the music of "Manfauna" will produce. I can't claim to have any insight into the minds of these musicians intent, I only know what their music invokes in my own mind and the helpless feeling of being lost in the dark is one, whether actual or emotional.

While being lost is not pleasant the music of Manfauna certainly is pleasing for as we know the dark can be very divine. Part 1 "Manticore" begins with a sinister combination of the strings of Sara Hubrich and the Bassoon of Chloe Herington with minimal percussion. After a bit enter full drums, guitar, bass and organ which work themselves into a bit of a frenzy. Quite hard hitting and aggressive for much of the piece. The drumming approaches Keith Moon fury in places (a compliment) and the tension gets crazy by the finale. Part 2 "Taus" is the flip side, the feel of resignation after the panic has left the body. Soft Eno-esque soundscape is augmented occasionally by percussion, drowning bass lines and strange psychedelic territories. Part 3 "Garp Gadriel" is my favorite with the delightful piano and violin (or viola, I can't tell) absolutely masterful in musical storytelling. Lovely! Half way through the track the band comes barging in and they simply take this to their greatest heights before dropping off to the piano/violin, and then back with the band. Oh my I'm in love here people. Dark, divine, demonic, holy. All of it..at once. Bravo! My only complaint is the brevity, I want more dammit.

Manfauna is every bit the success of its accomplished predecessor Perils and in fact I like it better. Not long ago I criticized the popular group Alamaailman Vasarat for taking a certain sound and making it gimmicky by overriding it without enough compositional thought. While Miasma has a different sound than AV they are a good example of what I was suggesting to AV. This doesn't get tiring because it goes places well beyond any structured confines of song definition or rhythmic repetition, in my mind much more adventurous than AV for just that reason. And yet given the previous sentence they still produce songs that are musical rather than dissonant clutter, proving melody need not be a casualty of adventure. In my mind, one of the paths toward musical artistic success. This limited edition of 1000 comes with delightful packaging artwork, simple drawings on cardboard that perfectly capture the lifeblood of this music. Very exciting, magical, alive music making and my compliments to Miasma. 4 1/2 stars.

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Perils
Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Finnforest
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4 stars Perils indeed!

I don't know how to describe this adequately: Slightly avant-garde yet not obnoxious, unsettling yet not abrasive, sometimes frightening and other times uplifting. The imagery, sounds, and titles all suggest something of a pagan ritual or druidic gathering of some sort...or maybe not, what do I know? But something a little shady is afoot (insert mysterious laughter here).

Aside from the usual instruments the band adds Harmonium, Autoharp, Violins and Viola, Piano, Glockenspiel and other assorted "sounds" which weave the songs together. This album was recorded in London in 2004 and is one of the most original and fun things I've heard in some time.

The tension builds to uncomfortable levels during "The Mage" before we get a beautiful avant-folksy release in "Peacock the Heretic." I love the arrangements and the fact that everything sounds good without being too densely crammed together and overbearing. There are also great stereo effects which will please the headphones crowd. "Perilous Fathoms" is loaded with mad guitar, violin, and keys all swirling together. There are many very short tracks which help keep the variety non-stop between the fuller tracks which range from 4-7 minutes each.

This album is all about the spirit of adventure and discovery akin to life itself. It doesn't take itself too seriously yet there is much substance. Funny how that works. They must have had an absolute blast making this album and anyone who likes imaginative music has to hear this. Like it or not you shouldn't be bored by this one. This music is like a thunderstorm: you never know what's coming next so keep your eyes (and ears) to the sky! I have to thank the other PA reviewers of this title for convincing me to take the plunge on one that I may not have otherwise found. 3.5 stars.

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Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Sean Trane
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4 stars Miasma first (and so far only) album is a pleasant surprise and while all three members of Guapo are playing in Miasma, this doesn't sound one bit similar at first glance, even once aware of the fact, you may pick out some common musical traits to both formations (their most Post Rock moments). While Ledden (who's yet to record with Guapo) and Smith are on their respected instruments, O'Sullivan (who is the main inspiration behind Guapo's second career) is not playing his usual keyboards, but handling the guitar, while the keyboards are played by a drummer. One of the most prominent instruments is Sara Hubrich's viola, which often gets doubled by O'Sullivan's harmonium.

In general, this album have relatively short tracks (compared to Guapo's extended ones), where the acoustic ambiance gives the album an ethnic folk feel, but I'd rather think of this album of an Avant-prog album. I'd like to refer you to my buddy Chris (Syzygy)'s excellent review, for I am unable to describe better the feel of the album.

From Miriodor to Debile Menthol, passing thru Alamaailman Vasarat, with slight dissonant RIO traits (early-UZ) and an Eastern European ethnic feel (In The Labyrinth or Ensemble Nimbus), Miasma's debut album is certainly one of the better and essential album to discover what PA means with Avant-prog.

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Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by spleenache

5 stars Fantastic. Do not hesitate

If you are starting to get into RIO/Avant genre and would prefer to dip your toes before you tackle the more indigestible participants of the genre such as Univers Zero or Kaya Dot this is the one for you. It contains all of the musical elements that makes this sub genre interesting but also throws in a handful of very interesting melodies along the way as helpful guideposts.

Like most Rio/Avant genre there are no vocals. But the interesting thing is, you can listen the whole CD and not realize that there were none. The structure of the music and the quality of musicianship is so high that they do not need lyric band-aids to carry them through.

Most songs contain intense/heavy sections which would definitely appeal to the Prog Archives crowd. Acoustic and electronic sounds are extremely well balanced. They seem to have an innate ability to go from silly to sublime within a single bar.

When I listen to Perils it always leaves a vaguely Irish after taste. I cannot exactly pin point where this comes from. Maybe the dark atmosphere of the music that is punctured, at times, with such joyful but short interludes; it is this combination that makes me think Ireland. I do not know. There are even church bells and horse hoof sounds. What can I say?

Much like all RIO/Avant albums Perils should be listened to in its entirety for the full effect. This is one of the few records that I had to listen again as soon as it finished. TMV's Amputechture was another one. I could not stop myself from listening again and again. Although the Perils share absolutely nothing with Amputechture at the musical level they contain the same intense spirit.

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Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by tuxon

4 stars Eloquent melodies, compelling piano parts and classical elements with a gypsy folk feel, supported by great drumming, good violin parts and augmented and bridged with odd sounds and dark sinister atmospheric details.

Well something like that, you'll have to listen yourself. If you know and like Guapo, Alamaailman Vaserat, Mr Bungle or Taal, this is the album to get. If you don't like mentioned bands, still get a hold of it. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Fabulous album and highly recommended.

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Review by Grobsch

5 stars The album is simply EXCELLENT. It's the best surprise from me in the new millenium...

A fantastic mix of RIO, Avant, Classic, Barroc and Folk.... Miasma... proves we are leaving the second most importante period of progressive rock history... It's without any doubt one of the best progressive rock disk ever release...

YOU must have it on your collection.

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Review by Syzygy
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4 stars Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses features all 3 current members of Guapo, but for the most part they have a sound and style all of their own. Daniel O'Sullivan, who concentrates on keyboards in Guapo, is lead guitarist, while Orlando Harrison (who plays drums in Alabama 3) occupies the piano stool. They play relatively short pieces where the current incarnation of their sister band favour album long suites, and acoustic instruments are far more prominent. The overall feel of the music is dark with a slightly camp edge - their music would work well as a soundtrack to a 1970s Hammer or Amicus horror film, something along the lines of Dracula AD 1972, Dr Terror's House of Horrors or Psychomania.

The album opens with a suitably sinister piece on the harmonium before the first track to feature the full band kicks in. The Mage is the track which sounds closest to Guapo, with Dave Smith playing a drum part which recalls Black Oni part 2, although the prominence of the guitar and the other instruments establishes that this is a different band. Just how different becomes apparent on Peacock The Heretic, which transports us to a Transylvanian gypsy campfire with dark and strange rites taking place in the flickering shadows. This atmosphere is maintained for the remainder of the album, with Daniel O'Sullivan leading from the front on extremely nimble fingered guitar, Orlando Harrison switching between Dr Phibes organ and gloriously doomy piano flourishes and the pair of them sparking off Sarah Hubrich's fiendish gypsy fiddling. Dave Ledden plays more high end, melodic bass than in Guapo, while Dave Smith's drumming is as crisp and unpredictable as ever. There are moments where you can picture Gomez and Morticia Adams dancing an unspeakably lewd tango, along with moments of genuinely disturbing intensity. This is also a band that knows how to rock, which they do to thunderous effect on Asmodius Arise, and they have a keen sense of dynamics - fast and slow, loud and soft, acoustic and electric; all are contrasted with sometimes dizzying speed, and credit must be given to sound man Jamie Gonzalez Arellano for the clarity of the sound and the near perfect balance of sometimes punishingly heavy electric guitar with acoustic piano and violin.

Perils is a massively assured debut album, which draws on the individual members' diverse musical backgrounds and influences to create a uniquely enjoyable dark ambience. There's something of the atmosphere of Goblin's soundtrack work here, or perhaps Univers Zero taking a slightly less serious approach. Fans of Alamariman Vasarat and Hoyry Kone will also find much to enjoy here, as will anybody with a taste for acid fried 70s folk rock. Highly recommended.

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